As time permits and things progress around here, I look forward to assembling a deep, detailed listing of books that I highly recommend for everyone to read (and, with a few exceptions, plan to have my children read as part of our home-based approach to education). In the meantime, here's a brief rundown of a handful of books that will make that list (with cover image links below).
Masculine Christianity is one of the most timely and important new books that I've read in a long time. If you want to understand the culture war at its most fundamental level, this book is a gem - and a bravely produced gem at that, since even suggesting some of the things that are plainly stated and vigorously defended in the book constitute heresy of the highest order in today's Amerikan culture, including most professing Christian churches operating within (and influencing) that culture.
Paradise Restoredis the book that most helped me to more fully connect the dots between the Gospel-fueled Great Commission and the real world right here on planet earth. I can still remember the day that I received my copy in the mail. I'd come home from my daily ten mile walk around downtown Seattle and its waterfront when I found the cardboard mailer leaned up against my apartment door. I opened it up, skimmed through it, and was intrigued enough to take it to the top of the Space Needle (I had an annual pass since I lived four blocks away). Once I started reading, I couldn't stop, highlighting and taking notes along the way while occasionally pausing to soak in the incredible view from where I sat on what felt like the top of the world. It was a magical experience that I'll treasure forever. More importantly, the book has only increased in significance for me since then, and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone interested in understanding the beauty, power, and purpose of the Gospel-fueled Great Commission as it intersects with real life right here and now on God's green earth. While I've included an Amazon-linked cover image below, American Vision has a newer version of the book available at a better price. Version and price aside, I would still recommend getting a copy with AV since that organization has been the tip of the spear for the Kingdom in many important ways over the years...including promoting books like Paradise Restored.
The Creature from Jekyll Islandis arguably the most important non-theologically-specific (if you get my meaning) book that a person could read right now. As awesome and worldview-rocking as the content is, perhaps the best part is its surprisingly enjoyable readability, with the presentation of its important and serious subject matter crafted in such a way that it's like reading a good whodunit or murder mystery. It's a true page-turner. Your only regret after reading it will be having not read it much sooner.